Books,  Knitting

Three on Thursday | In-Process.

Hello friends. We are still safe, well, and staying home. I reassured Sara on Monday night that we were not planning to head out tomorrow for tattoos and massages, followed by a few rounds(? lanes? games?) of bowling. Honestly, Marc and I (and thankfully my family and friends) aren’t planning any changes to our Stay at Home routine … in spite of our governor’s plan to re-open things. Still, the reality of that craziness, combined with a delightfully full schedule of FaceTime and Zoom calls, long walks with Marc, short walks with Holly, regular stuff-around-the-house, audiobooks, knitting, sewing, crochet! … well, it sucked up all of my energy for two full days. and I NEEDED all of that. I thought I might be ready yesterday to show up here … nope – it’s today!

And thanks to Carole for Three Things, and to Kat for Unraveled, I can share a simple update on what I have in-process* on the making/reading front and feel completely caught up. Here goes:

Thing One. Newleaf.

I can’t remember when I fell in love with Jenn Steingass’ patterns. colorwork isn’t my favorite thing to knit but oh my I love the look, and she does such a great job with it! A friend gifted me five skeins of chickadee and I had no idea what to do with it. until I found this pattern. I ordered two contrasting skeins from Quince – both pink – one pale and one bright – and settled on the one pale. I have high hopes.

Thing Two. Vintage Crocheted Afghan.

y’all. I cannot even express how much I am enjoying this project. and seeing the full-on WIP … I’m kind of amazed I’m making this!!

Thing Three. The Books.

That last title on the right is Sherry Thomas’ The Hollow of Fear (a quite clever and enjoyable retelling of Sherlock Holmes) and I am SO CLOSE to finishing. When I finish all these four books I still won’t have a Bingo … but I will be close! (one book away … with the square “translation”)

Are you playing along with Book Bingo?

Thank you for being here.

*careful readers might note a few things I’ve had in process aren’t listed here. a sweater, a skirt, a book, … maybe an FO Friday post coming tomorrow?!


  • Patty

    The Newleaf will be so pretty! And that afghan…well that just sings happiness! And I don’t want to forget to tell you…Doug and I just started Homeland! 🙂

  • Juliann

    The yarn for your new leaf is lovely. I hope that the people will stay level headed and not take chances in spite of what some of our leaders are saying. My book bingo card is coming along nicely.

  • karen

    I just bought another of her patterns (sport weight??) I do love her designs. Your afghan is delicious, great color combinations. I have a glimmer of hope that our stay home orders will be eased May 8th. I JUST want to see my son and daughter. He is in my same region so our orders will be the same. My daughter is in Delaware and I will wait until she is comfortable with visiting. (My son would drive today here if I let him….)

  • Bonny

    I’m glad to hear that you won’t be out getting a massage and a tattoo or two. Some of this just sounds like craziness to me, but these are crazy-making times. I do love your afghan. Are you following a pattern for the colors or just choosing whatever strikes you next? Now I’m off to check out The Hollow of Fear; I love all things Sherlock Holmes and this would be a nice break from re-watching Elementary.

  • Margene

    I love your new sweater and have looked at that pattern for myself. I’m so happy to hear you’re staying in and staying safe. It will be up to the people to decide if they want to live dangerously, but I can’t imagine there will be many taking advantage. You are a whirlwind of activity. I, too, am reading, listening, knitting, chatting, cleaning and walking, but I don’t feel very productive. However, the day sure flies by!

  • Sarah

    The start of a colorwork yoke sweater is always so exciting! And Quince yarns are so lovely — that’s going to be a great sweater. And the afghan looks like so much fun.

    I am glad to hear that you and your loved ones are all sensible people are are totally disregarding the questionable judgment of your governor (seriously, how does one get a haircut and still practice social distancing?).

  • Vera

    Love the colors for Newleaf – that will be so pretty Mary! Glad to hear you are not paying attention to your governor. No brain cells, apparently.

  • Debbie

    Glad to hear you will be staying safe at home! Our stay at home order has just been extended to June 1st, they may open golf courses and some state parks for boating with restrictions in May.
    I just love the colors in your afghan! Are you choosing the colors randomly or do you have a plan? I also like the colors you chose for your new sweater. Take care & have a great weekend!

  • Karen

    I’d be with you and Marc. Opening up now seems a little ill-advised, and the choices of tatoo parlors and bowling alleys seems almost bizarre!

  • Carole

    I love the color of your new sweater – it feels very different for you! And that blanket is just beautiful. Hooray for reading – it’s getting me through like it always does. I did finally print out my Bingo card, now I need to set it up in my journal and start checking off boxes.

  • Kat

    Your afgan is just gorgeous! And, my mind is just scrambling to figure out how you are “going back” on your rows!
    (also I laughed when I saw the date on this…I am not the only one mixed up on days, months, years! lol) XO

  • Jane

    I’ve probably written before but Chickadee is my favorite of the Quince yarns. The sweater start looks beautiful. What a great color combination. And that afghan is cheerfulness itself. These governors – ours is starting to lift what restrictions we had in place. We are staying the course at home for awhile. It will be interesting to see what happens next – let’s pray it doesn’t cost lives.

  • Alexa

    Staying safe sounds like the right priority to have at the moment – I suspect you won’t be the only one not in a hurry to spend time in a shopping centre. Your afghan is quite splendid – glorious colours and so much variety in the stripes. If anyone had ever told me my days could be so full in a lockdown situation, I wold not have believed them!